The ICC Twenty20 World Cup (also called as WorldT20) is an international tournament organized by International Cricket Council Board (ICC). The tournament currently, consists of 16 teams, including all ten ICC full members and 6 other associate member. This event generally held after every two years. Even though there is a gap of four years between the next two upcoming tournaments (in 2016&2020).
Up till now, five tournaments have been played. In 2007, the first T20 world cup was held in South Africa. In final match, India defeated Pakistan at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg. The 2009 tournament was inaugurated in England. Pakistan won this world Cup by defeating Sri Lanka in the finals at Lord’s Cricket ground.
The third tournament was held in 2010, where Australia lost against England in the final match. In 2012, for the first time in history, the forth T20 world cup was held in Asia. All matches were played in Sri Lanka. West Indies won this world cup by defeating the host team Sri Lanka. In 2014, Sri Lanka won the world cup and became the first team to be in finals for the third time.
T20 World Cup 2016:
Expectations are higher for the sixth ICC T20 world cup starting from 8th of March. There are already many rumors about this world cup. On one side you have MS Dhoni who is giving no comments about his decision of retirement from International Cricket. On the other hand, Pakistan’s t20 skipper Mr. Shahid Khan Afridi has taken his decision of retirement back. The match of Pakistan and India is again in a controversy.
South African ODI and skipper AB de Villiers is also planning to leave either format of cricket due to his hectic schedule. Some cricketers are working on T20 format like Ashish Nehra and Yuvraj Singh. In a recent meeting, West Indies cricketer Dwayne Bravo declared a news about Caribbean Chris Gayle retirement. After the success of Asia Cup 2016, India has become the most favorite team of this year T20 world cup. This year, the squad is well balanced and has a good mixture of youth and experience. Their recent t20 forms were exceptional with a win of 3-0 against Australia. India is playing matches with Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan, and the winner of Bangladesh vs. Oman. It’s important to note that they’ve experienced recent success against most of these teams. They will most probably face their toughest test in the opening game against New Zealand.